Phase 3: Interpreting Information

Updated 9 months 1 week ago

In Phase 0, I chose my topic, preservation of architecture, with the help of feedback and advises from others. In Phase 1, I thought about what I already knew of this topic and what I want to learn. In this phase, I will include the information I collected through my research, both before and during the trip.

Background Information (from Phase 1):

Architects design buildings, but architecture is more than just designing and constructing buildings. It is about creating an environment that stimulates emotions in those who see and enter the structure. The structure is the core of architecture. For a design to go from the mind of the architect to an actual structure, there must be ways of building it. The development of structural forms has been a driving force in architecture. Throughout history, there have been many stylistic developments, from social order to historical events. [1] These structures are representations of periods and types of architecture. They posses high artistic value. 

However, as time passes by, the historic architectures are damaged mainly because of the environment, pollution and, or tourism. The only way to allow these precious works to be seen in the future is to preserve and protect them. Historic Preservation is identification, management, and protection of artifacts of historical significance for future generations. It provides a connection to the past. There are many phases in this process, including evaluation of historical, architectural, and cultural resources in the area; development of a plan and legal measures to protect the resources; identification of funding sources; design for restoration and ongoing maintenance. Historic preservation has a public purpose that agvances the education and welfare of citizens, while providing economic and aesthetic benefits as well. [5]

There are many ways in which one can conserve or (at least) attempt to conserve architectural heritages such as rehabilitation, restoreation, reconstruction, and preservation, yet not all countries recognize these four methods. [4] The complexity of this job depends on many factors. Not only is preserving a demanding task, deciding whether or not the architecture is worth preserving can also be a challenging decision. Preservation includes much broader thinking regarding historic properties. The history of the neighborhood and cultural context is taken into consideration. The preservationist identifies what is important and the designation of properties. Afterwards, conservators are hired to treat and restore the cultural property. Restoration refers to accurately re-establishing the form and details of a building that is not in its original state. [3] In historic preservation, it is common that preservationists and conservators work together to ensure that the historic buildings are correctly treated. [2] 

Information fron 3-to-5's:

Information from Local Contacts:

Answers to Previous Questions (from Phase 1):


  1. Lewotsky, Kristin. "Building design/architecture." The Gale Encyclopedia of Scienc, edited by K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, 5th ed., Gale, 2014. Gale In Context: Science. Accessed 12 Jan. 2020.
  2. Boyer, Alex. "Introduction to . Historic Building Preservation." Make Buildings Last, 29 Aug. 2018,
  3. "Preservation and Restoration Services." FSI Architecture, PC,
  4. Admin. "What Is Architectural Conservation?" Ierek News, 9 Aug. 2018,
  5. (2020). [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Jan. 2020].
I was born in Hong Kong, yet I grew up in Shanghai. I can speak Chinese fluently, but not so much writing it. For the past years, I have been interested more in environmental issues, and I am curious about what the Xizhou environment will be like. Through this experience, I wish to become more independent.